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This has been widely discussed, you can take a look a this NNGroup related article, I will sum it up: Drawbacks of using no labels Disappearing placeholder text strains users’ short-term memory. Without labels, users cannot check their work before submitting a form. When error messages occur, people don’t know how to fix the problem. ...


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It's a tough call. Typically I'd say it's better to use a label for the very reasons you outline - i.e. that the placeholder or watermark is transient and disappears as soon as you enter something else. In a recent survey of about 60 sign up forms on most popular English language websites, I found that: 26 used placeholders 27 did not use placeholders 6 ...



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